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Wyze Camera 2022 Review: Pros, Cons, and Verdict

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Wyze Camera Review

Review Summary

Our Final Verdict

We give Wyze Camera a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Build Quality: 4.1/5

Image Quality: 3.9/5

Features: 5/5

Price: 5/5

If you’re looking for a low-priced home camera that can still deliver, the Wyze camera is a good choice, especially if you only want one or two cameras. You have to pay per camera for the subscription, so with multiple cameras, that price can add up. However, for just one or two cameras, it’s more affordable than most other subscription plans.

The Wyze camera has tons of features and works with plenty of apps, making it an excellent choice for many homes.

If you don’t need multiple cameras, you’re not going to find a camera system that’s more affordable both up front and in the long run. But for large systems, the costs can quickly add up.

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Wyze Camera – A Quick Look

Pros
  • Affordably priced
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Easy to install
  • Night vision
  • 1080p HD recording
  • Two-way audio system
  • Motion and sound activated
Cons
  • Recording requires a subscription
  • Each camera requires a separate subscription

Specifications

Brand name: Wyze
Model: Wyze Cam 3
Weight: 6 ounces
Video quality: 1080p HD
Recording capability: 32GB SD card or unlimited with subscription
Phone app compatibility: Android 5.0+ or iOS 9.0+

The Video Quality

When you’re getting a video camera, you want to know the quality of the video that you’ll get. With the Wyze Cam 3, you get a 1080p HD video feed that makes it easy to make out different features.

You also get 20 fps during daytime recording and 15 fps for nighttime recording. While these are more than high enough quality feeds for most people, they’re not the highest quality options out there. Plenty of devices can record in 4K and have a faster refresh rate.

However, you may not need those options.

Available Additional Features

The Wyze Cam 3 has two-way audio, alerts sent directly to your favorite device, motion and sound detection, and vehicle and pet identification, and it works with both Alexa and Google Assistant.

There are tons of features with Wyze, but keep in mind that you will need to purchase an annual Wyze Cam Plus subscription to unlock most of them.

The Price Factor

One of the top selling points of Wyze cameras is the price. They cost a fraction of other at-home cameras, making it more affordable to get one and get coverage for your home.

While you do have to get a Wyze subscription to unlock most of the features, the subscription price is more affordable than most. However, keep in mind that you are charged per camera, which is different from many other companies.

Getting a Wyze Subscription

After you get a Wyze camera, you’ll quickly find that you want a Wyze subscription too. While each Wyze Camera Plus subscription is affordable, you need to pay to connect each camera.

Sometimes the company offers a Wyze Unlimited Plan that you can lock yourself into, which enables you to add up 99 devices on a single, high-priced plan, but it’s a limited offer and isn’t always available.

So, if you are planning to get multiple devices, you might end up spending more on the subscription compared to other options out there.

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FAQ

It’s completely normal to have a few questions about the Wyze camera security system, so here are the answers to the most frequently asked ones.

Can You View or Record Continuously?

Yes! This is a big deal because many people want to use their Wyze camera as a more affordable baby camera or pet camera. You can go into the settings and set up a continuous feed, which enables you to easily transform it into a baby or pet monitor if that’s what you want.

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On What Devices Can You View a Wyze Stream?

You can stream a live feed from your Wyze camera to any device that you can install the Wyze app on. This is perfect for all smart devices, and it’s even available on laptops and many smart TVs.

Do Wyze Cameras Work With a Wi-Fi Landing Page?

No, if you have a Wi-Fi system with a landing page, you won’t be able to access the Wyze camera’s functions and use it.

How Many Wyze Cameras Work With One System?

It completely depends on the capabilities of your modem and how many subscriptions you want to purchase. You can have multiple Wyze cameras working in one system and on one app, but to access all the features, you need to pay for a subscription per camera.

Do Wyze Cameras Need a Base Station?

No, unlike many other cameras, the Wyze camera station does not require any sort of base station to work correctly. In fact, Wyze does not even offer a base station for its cameras.

What the Users Say 

For the most part, users are happy with their Wyze camera system. However, some people are frustrated that you can’t unlock all the additional features without a Wyze cloud subscription, while others don’t like that you need multiple subscriptions for different cameras.

However, most users love the low price tag of the cameras, and they are more than happy with the video quality.

They also love how easy it is to set up and the app’s versatility. You can change sensitivity settings, how often it records, and the length of each recording after an activation.

Finally, users love that Wyze is constantly innovating and adding new features to its subscriptions, but they do complain that the company sometimes misses its self-imposed deadline for when new features will be available.

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Conclusion

Considering how affordable each Wyze camera is, all the features that it has are extremely impressive. It’s easy to set up and use, and it enables you to get a camera in your home for a price that other companies can only dream of, all without sacrificing any features.

Just keep in mind that if you plan on adding more cameras now or in the future, Wyze might not be the most cost-savvy choice due to its current subscription-per-camera service.

About the Author Robert Sparks

Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.

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